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Charting The World: Placencia, Belize

Although it now boasts a recently-paved access road that runs the length of the peninsula, Placencia Village has managed to maintain its quaint charm. Ample white sand beaches adorn the shoreline, with only a few docks. The village is still small and easily accessible from resorts via bicycle or taxi. A few car rental companies …

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Charting The World: Toledo, Belize

The paving of the Southern Highway opened the door for more visitors, giving them the opportunity to explore Toledo’s unspoiled rugged territory. Punta Gorda is the main hub and the most common entry point into Toledo. Travelers can choose from a variety of lodging options, including seafront hotels or remote jungle resorts. Local cuisine is …

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History of The World: Dangriga, Belize

Dangriga was settled before 1832 by Garinagu (Black Caribs, as they were known to the British) from Hondruas. For years it was the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City, but in recent years has been surpassed by Orange Walk Town. Since the early 1980s Garífuna culture has undergone a revival, as …

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History of The World: Belize

The first people to develop Belize were the Maya around 1500 B.C.E. As shown in archeological records, they established a number of settlements here. These include Caracol, Lamanai and Lubaantun. The first European contact with Belize occurred in 1502 when Christopher Columbus reached the area’s coast. In 1638, the first European settlement was established by …

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